Port Ludlow HouseModern Exterior, Seattle
The Port Ludlow Residence is a compact, 2400 SF modern house located on a wooded waterfront property at the north end of the Hood Canal, a long, fjord-like arm of western Puget Sound. The house creates a simple glazed living space that opens up to become a front porch to the beautiful Hood Canal.
The east-facing house is sited along a high bank, with a wonderful view of the water. The main living volume is completely glazed, with 12-ft. high glass walls facing the view and large, 8-ft.x8-ft. sliding glass doors that open to a slightly raised wood deck, creating a seamless indoor-outdoor space. During the warm summer months, the living area feels like a large, open porch. Anchoring the north end of the living space is a two-story building volume containing several bedrooms and separate his/her office spaces.
The interior finishes are simple and elegant, with IPE wood flooring, zebrawood cabinet doors with mahogany end panels, quartz and limestone countertops, and Douglas Fir trim and doors. Exterior materials are completely maintenance-free: metal siding and aluminum windows and doors. The metal siding has an alternating pattern using two different siding profiles.
The house has a number of sustainable or “green” building features, including 2x8 construction (40% greater insulation value); generous glass areas to provide natural lighting and ventilation; large overhangs for sun and rain protection; metal siding (recycled steel) for maximum durability, and a heat pump mechanical system for maximum energy efficiency. Sustainable interior finish materials include wood cabinets, linoleum floors, low-VOC paints, and natural wool carpet.
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Houzz at a GlanceWho lives here: A couple transitioning into retirementLocation: Port Ludlow, WashingtonSize: 2,450 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathroomsThe left side of the house contains the living room, dining room and kitchen. The narrow tower that juts out to the right of it contains his-and-her offices stacked one atop the other. The wing on the far right contains a guest suite on the first floor and the master suite above it.Large overhangs extend over the clerestory windows, offering protection from direct sunlight and rain. “The siding intersperses wider and narrower corrugated steel to give the industrial materials a residential scale,” explains Finne. “The juxtaposed patterns are unexpected.” Throughout the house Finne used a mix of industrial and natural materials to create a dynamic relationship between nature and technology.
The architect of this home created a simple glazed living space that opens up to become a front porch to a beautiful water view. During the warm summer months, the living area feels like a large, open porch but with large overhangs for sun and rain protection and metal siding (recycled steel) for maximum durability.A home's skin degrades more quickly and requires maintenance if the sun blasts any surface save rock or stucco. Painting is needed much more frequently wherever the sun has protracted contact with painted siding. All plastic surfaces have their colors impacted by the sun. Natural wood left raw — whether roofing or siding — degrades in the sun, often becoming brittle enough to erode and almost always becoming discolored. Tile and slate roofs are fairly impervious to the sun's impact but are very costly. Painted aluminum fades, and asphalt shingles become brittle as their aggregate coatings wash away over time.Any surface can be painted and repainted, but the best defense against unwanted sun contact on a home's exterior wall surfaces is a roof overhang or any other shading device — an awning, a trellis or even strategically placed trees.